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The Western Conference is featured tonight. Another long OT game is OK, my batteries are re-charged.
from the National Post,
The embattled Leafs GM, whose team has yet to make the playoffs in the post-lockout era, and whose future within the organization has been the subject of much speculation since the NHL regular season concluded last weekend, received a cautious endorsement from his boss yesterday afternoon.
“As long as myself and the board are convinced that John can get us a championship, he’s got a job,” Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment president Richard Peddie said. “We still have to go through the assessment. I still want to see his plan. But John has got my support at this time.”
from Ryan Dixon at the Hockey News,
• So Pavel Datsyuk scored his first NHL playoff goal since 2002. Does that put one monkey out of work or does he team up with his buddy on Marty Turco’s back?
• Initially I was picking Buffalo in four games; I’d like to change that to three. That’s because rather than subject themselves to a fourth straight defeat, the Isles will forfeit Game 4.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
So, imagine what was running through the mind of the Calgary GM as he watched the likes of finesse players Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg knocking his Flames off the puck in the game’s early going.
Or, as he saw Red Wings pest Tomas Holmstrom annoy Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff for much of the game without fear of retribution.
An interesting stat at Red Wings Corner,
The Red Wings had 37 hits in their Game 1 win over the Calgary Flames, Thursday. It was the highest hit total this season for the Red Wings and just the 15th time in 83 games that Detroit has had as many as 20 hits in a game.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
We know why we boo, but there still seems to be something definitely classless about jeering a nice, clean-cut superstar like Sidney Crosby, who will almost certainly become a Canadian icon before the 19-year-old reaches unrestricted free agency in 2012, and someday, even be named to the Order of Canada.
And to do it in so-called Hockey Country of all places.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
Therrien coaches 19-year-old Penguins centre Sidney Crosby and 18-year-old forward Jordan Staal, but the most important teenagers in Therrien’s world are 14-year-old Elizabeth and 13-year-old Charles.
Therrien, now divorced, fought for and won custody of his two teenage children.
NHL coach and single dad.
Now, that’s a resume.
Why not juggle chainsaws and do brain surgery at the same time?
The New York Islanders’ playoff chances improved late Thursday night, as the team announced that goaltender Rick DiPietro has been cleared to play and will take part in a full practice on Friday.
DiPietro, recovering from two concussions, did not dress in Thursday’s 4-1 loss against the Buffalo Sabres and watched the game from a luxury box at HSBC Arena.
Wade Dubielewicz started Game 1 of the best-of-seven series and stopped 31 of 35 Buffalo shots.
DiPietro sustained two concussions 12 days apart last month. He skated on his own Tuesday, but hasn’t practiced with the team since a loss to the New York Rangers on March 25. He missed the final seven games of the regular season.
from the Star Tribune,
In the NHL, not only is practice open to reporters, it’s open to opposing coaches. On Thursday, Wild coach Jacques Lemaire and goaltending coach Bob Mason watched Anaheim’s entire practice from the stands. Even though Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said it didn’t bother him, he also told reporters of Lemaire’s presence—twice—without being asked as he began his news conference.
Round 1 of the playoffs isn’t even two games old, and already there’s a little gamesmanship going on.
from the AP via the Sporting News,
“If you win, you feel like you’re on top of the world. If you lose you feel like you’re never going to win another game,” said Mike Modano, whose Stars have now lost five straight overtime playoff games. “But you have to forget about that.”
With Game 2 starting at 6 p.m. in Vancouver on Friday night—less than 42 hours after Game 1 finally ended—there isn’t much time to dwell on the past. With players on both teams in need of intravenous fluids between overtime periods and after Wednesday’s marathon to stay hydrated, they’re happy to forget about it.
read on and Canucks have some injuries to deal with…
from the AP/TSN via TSN,
San Jose Sharks leading goal-scorer Jonathan Cheechoo underwent an MRI on Thursday and is listed as day-to-day with a knee sprain.
Cheechoo, who was not using crutches but was heavily wrapped, is listed as ‘‘extremely doubtful’’ for Game 2 but a final determination on that won’t be made until Friday.
added 7:00pm, from the AP via the Santa Barbara News,
San Jose coach Ron Wilson had no problems sharing his anger.
‘‘But the league apparently has addressed it, and we’ll just go forward. Cheechoo, I don’t know when he’ll play. Hopefully he’ll be able to come back this playoff. I don’t know right now,’’ Wilson said.
Asked if that meant Cheechoo wouldn’t return in this best-of-seven series or this postseason, Wilson said he did not know. Game 2 is Friday night in Nashville.
Predators coach Barry Trotz studied eight different angles of the collision near the Nashville blue line nine minutes into the second period. Hartnell was ejected and given a five-minute major for kneeing.
‘‘The more I look at it, the more I realize it’s probably not even a penalty. He went to hit him, Cheechoo tried to get out of the way. Unfortunately, they locked knees, and Cheechoo got the worst of it. In terms of the elbow in the face, which I think was claimed, he hit his mouth on the ice,’’ Trotz said.
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